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I call on the Federal Government to form genuine partnerships with local government – not just the states and territories – in the negotiation of proposed ‘City Deals’ and new regional development programs.

Collaboration is especially important to regional and remote councils due to the ‘tyranny of distance’.

user picture Ricki Bruhn · 1 year ago · 7 votes · 1 comments
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We agree Ricki. The Australian Government has indicated it intends to adapt the UK City Deals model for application to Australian cities through its Smart Cities Plan. The Smart Cities Plan aims to support urban and regional growth through strategic planning, infrastructure investment and strong local governance. The model has the potential to reshape the way Australian cities develop. Local government is a key stakeholder in any such Plan, and, along with the NSW Government, should be a primary partner in its development and delivery.
LakeMacquarie CityCouncil · 1 year ago
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